In honor of Sesquicentennial Plus One, I’m devoting the Speaking of Idaho blog to my family’s history during August.
The first postmaster, a man who lived for a time in the Just home, was Albert F. McElroy. He held that position for less than a year when Emma Just took over as postmistress on November 13, 1890. Emma’s son, Fred Bennett, was named the postmaster on April 27, 1904 and held that position until the office was discontinued.
When we think of a post office today, we think of a building. The Presto Post Office was a desk. It resided in the home of Nels and Emma Just until the desk moved to the home of Fred Bennett in 1904. Once there was no longer a need for a post officer—the Shelley Post Office took over that roll—the desk moved back to the Just home to serve as a piece of furniture. It is still in the home today.